Methods to assess the stability of a bicycle rider system


Cooke, A.G. and Bulsink, V.E. and Beusenberg, C.M. and Dubbeldam, R. and Bonnema, G.M. and Poelman, W.A. and Koopman, H.F.J.M. (2012) Methods to assess the stability of a bicycle rider system. In: ASME 2012 5th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and 11th Motion and Vibration Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. U.S.A., 17-10-2012 - 19-10-2012, Ford Lauderdale, Florida, USA (pp. 1 - 5).

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Abstract:The SOFIE (Intelligent Assisted Bicycles) project wishes to create performance and design guidelines for mechatronic appliances which improve the stability of electric bicycles, so-called intelligent stability assist devices (IAD). To achieve this goal, a stability hypothesis, an advanced rider/bicycle model and bicycle stability test bench, will be created. This paper describes the development of these components and its goal is to present the project design. The stability hypothesis is based on the concept that the Centre of Mass (CoM) of the bicycle/rider system stays within certain lateral margins from the heading of a bicycle. The rider/bicycle model is created in Adams for multi-body dynamic simulations. The bicycle stability test bench is designed to be interchangeable between bicycles. The model, the test bench and the stability hypothesis will be used to validate the effectiveness of the IAD’s and assist in their design.
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